A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated murder. Before they can solve the crime, Spenser and Hawk must take on an adolescent band of hardened urban warriors. As bullets fly and the brutality escalates, Spenser learns more than he ever dreamed about a generation imprisoned in a hell of poverty and hopelessness where muscle is the ticket to survival, and the surest way out is in a body bag.
Pulsing with moral complexity, Double Deuce is the kind of no-holds-barred action thriller only Robert B. Parker can create.
Crack another case with Spenser.
©2009 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Phoenix
"The plot is nothing new - it might be described as Spenser meets New Jack City - but Deuce 's snappy dialogue, timely, fast-paced action and quick characterizations make it classic Spenser." (Publishers Weekly)
The Spenser series that include Hawk are usually the best, but the reading of this one is horrible. Susan is channelling Scarlet O'Hara and Hawk is read as Stephen Fetchit. Normally a good reader, but obviously unaware of the characters.
This is the 18th audio book I've listened to in this series. The narrator is not a good fit. Many times his cadence is that of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Starship Enterprise...quick then pause for dramatic effect several times within a sentence. It worked for William Shatner but not this series. Also...he has taken the deep sexy smooth voice of Hawke (as performed by the previous narrator Michael Prichard and the TV series with Avery Brooks) to a nasal, high pitched southern accent.
In my opinion, audio books need to meet two primary criterion, 1) good story; 2) good narrator. If they don't have both...I won't be back for another. I like series...I loved the TV show with Robert Urich and Avery Brooks. I like the audio book series up to this book. I had intended on buying/listening to all 40 books in the series. I won't be purchasing another one after this.
Very disappointed with the choice of narrator.
The narrator in this case really did not catch the dignity in Hawkes voice or other voices. We couldn't get past the first 10 minutes due to that
The other Spenser narrators do a much better job
Michael Pritchard or Joe Montegna (sp?)
Disappointed, love the Spenser and Stone books but just couldn't get into this one due to the narration
Long time listener, road warrior and crime detective fan. Himes, Parker, Patterson, Crais, Grafton ....
I was looking forward to this latest recording and must say I was disappointed. Not as much by the story, but the performance. I was appalled at how poorly the Hawk voice was performed. The actor spoke as if Hawk was a TV pimp or ghetto character. Anyone that is fan of series would be disappointed. The story was ok, actually gave a few glimpses into Hawk's life that were interesting --- but I could not get past the voice.
I love the Spenser series, but this one disappointed. Not so much the story, but the reading of the story. Usually I'm sad at the ending of a Robert B. Parker novel, because I've enjoyed the book so much. The voices of the various characters in this one were so awful I couldn't wait for this book to end. Michael Prichard is not only missed as the reader of this one, David Dukes ruined it, in my opinion. I recommend reading the book yourself.
For a novel that has both Spencer and Hawk on most every page, this has little action and adventure and just a lot of talk. Narration by David Dukes is very good.
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